EB Patients’ Favorite Foods

Mac & Cheese

It is excruciatingly hard to feed a child with RDEB (Recessive Dystrophic EB).
The mouth, throat and esophagus are prone to blisters, which, in turn, can and will produce scar tissue-enough to obstruct the passage of food through the esophagus. Because of this, RDEB children and adults can only eat mushy or liquid foods-or, at the very least, chew their food extremely well before they swallow it. Here is a list of some of the kids (and four adults!) on our list’s favorite foods-hopefully you can find something to bring variety to the table for your EB child…

Weston’s favorite foods – RDEB patient

Pork and beans
Bananas and cool whip
Plain cheesecake
Juice from gumbo or soup
Potted meat stirred with mayo
Peanut butter and honey sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwich
Cottage cheese
Baked sweet potatoes
White part of Oreo cookies
Mac and cheese
Cheese burger (minus the meat, onions and pickles)-eats a minuscule amt. of it though, nothing with a crunch or difficult to chew.
Rice is soft, but he cannot eat it.
Vienna sausages (dips them in mustard, ketchup, mayo)
Potted meat stirred with mayo
Peanut butter and honey sandwich
Peanut butter and banana mashed up together (not a sandwich)
Cheese burger (minus the meat, onions and pickles)-eats a minuscule amt. of it though, nothing with a crunch or difficult to chew.
Rice is soft, but he cannot eat it.
Vienna sausages (dips them in mustard, ketchup, mayo)
Peanut butter and banana mashed up together (not a sandwich)
Ice-cream milkshakes (pediasure, banana, peanut butter, ice-cream, choc. syrup), or just a shake made thin at a restaurant
Refried beans-but usually chokes on the little pieces of hull in it
Cheese plain, or dipped in peanut butter, or mayo, must. or ketchup
Mashed potatoes/baked potatoes (with cheese butter and sour cream)
Soft cookies of any kind without nuts or coconut or anything crunchy in it, those kind you can slice and bake, just slice them thick and cook them shorter and there ya go or the cookies at the mall! They are soft!!
Spaghettios, but sometimes chokes

Dana’s Favorite Foods – RDEB patient

French toast
Dad’s Belgium waffles
Blueberry muffins
Egg and chicken salad
Mary Kitchen corned beef
Stove top stuffing
Plum sauce
Spare ribs
Scallion pancakes
Soy sauce chicken
Steamed eggs
Ramen noodles
Ice cream
Hershey bars (plain)
Reese’s PB Cups
Plain m&m’s
Whole milk
Welch’s white grape
Wg-peach and pear
Mauni Lai juice
Lipton Brisk iced teas
Cereal: Cheerios, Special K, Rice Crispies, Golden Grahams, Fruit Loops
Breyers Smooth & Creamy yogurt
Freihoffer’s Country white bread, seedless rye bread, sandwich rolls
Homepride wheat bread boiled ham, and the bread recipes from https://www.village-bakery.com
Honey roasted or smoked turkey
Chicken of the Sea tuna a la dad
Any creamed soup, Progresso chicken Noodle, Chickarina soups, Campbell’s
Tomato soup, egg drop hash Lipton noodles and sauce packets
Howard Johnson’s frozen mac and cheese (the best! but hard to find)
Granny Shu’s Chinese meatballs
Boiled chicken w/scallions
Pasta – vermicelli, angel hair, elbows, linguini, smooth ziti, penne, lasagna, and pastina. Regular spaghetti gives me huge mouth blisters EVERY time.
Meats- chicken in any form, meatloaf, hot dogs, flounder, sole, scallops, crab meat and crab cakes
Veggies – asparagus, broccoli, string beans, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, potatoes (mashed, mom’s diced, baked, french fries), onions, red and green peppers – all cooked really soft
Fruits-Canteloupe, bananas, cherries, peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, tangerines
Cheeses & dairy – American, Monterey jack, cheddar, Baby Bell, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and Boursin soft garlic cheese (yum), sour cream (plain and mixed with sugar and vanilla extract), butter, mayonnaise, onion dip, tartar sauce
Crackers & Cookies – Ritz, Club, and Toasted Buttercrisp crackers, Pringles, Pepperidge Farm Milano and Mint Milano cookies, Hydrox, Vienna Fingers,sugar wafers
Kozy Shack rice pudding

Samantha’s Favorite Foods – RDEB patient

Flavor mashed potatoes
Tuna fish—fixed my way
Boiled chicken till it is mushy
Grilled cheese
Macaroni&Cheese but only by Kraft “the Cheesiest”
Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches
Soups, chicken&stars by Campbell, and noodles, and rug rats all by Campbell
Sausage ham cheese cut into pieces
Greek olives, black olives, and green olives
Chinese boiled dumplings french toast

Andrew’s favorite foods – RDEB patient

Ice cream
Chocolate popsicles
Sugar cookies
French fries
Whipped cream
Spinach and green beans and rice mashed up
He will generally try stuff (after we make a big deal about it) but if he gets even slightly choked that’s it, it will never pass his lips again. So we always start with something he likes to make sure his throat is not sore. Then we slip in the new thing. I have let Cheerios sit and get soggy and he will eat some of them. I guess that would work with any cereal. Eating is slow because he lets each mouthful get soggy before he will swallow.

Nicky’s favorite foods – child w/RDEB

Peanut Butter
Whip Cream
Sour Cream
Butter-plain (I know…bleah)
Teddy Graham
Vanilla wafers
Ice Cream
Spray Cheese

Cassie’s favorite foods – RDEB

Ice cream
Mashed potatoes
Egg salad
Cheese puffs
M&m minis
Alfredo sauce
Cream cheese
Ricotta cheese

Cindy’s favorite foods – RDEB

Mac and Cheese
Alphabet Soup, Rugrats soup, Chicken and Stars all by Campbell’s
Pasta with tomato sauce (I have to take scissors and cut the pasta REAL SMALL and she will not eat the sauce is there are chunks of meat in it)
Soft french fries
McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets
Popcorn (if her throat and mouth aren’t too sore)
Real fruit popsicles (doesn’t care too much for ice cream but will eat it
Chocolate milk (I use fat free milk with chocolate Ovaltine for calories and

Jennifer’s favorite foods – Adult w/RDEB

Mashed potatoes
Gravy Beef stew
Mac & chess
Chocolate pudding
Chocolate Cookies
Chicken breast
Meat loaf
Packed potato
Teddy grahams
Peanut butter
Jelly Soups
Popsicle fudge bars YUMMY
I drink a boost three time a day.

Anne~Maire’s favorite foods – Age 3 w/DDEB

Noodles, any size shape and color
Cheese sauces
Gravy (white and brown)
Alfredo Sauce Rice, oatmeal, cream of wheat, and grits
Cheerios Yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese grapes (quartered), watermelon, strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, BANANA, peaches (canned), and pears (canned) peanut butter (creamy)
All the flavors of Jams and Jellies hotdogs, vienna sausages, baloney, tuna (with mayo and sometimes even onion and celery and pickles), ribs on the bone, chicken thigh meat (cut up), pork chops on the bone (cut down to her size) squash, corn on the cob, broccoli, GREEN BEANS (and a dipping sauce is demanded), sometimes tomatoes
PUDDINGS (rice pudding is good for bedtime)

Bruce’s favorite foods – Adult w/RDEB-HS

Meat Loaf Pizza
Lemon pepper chicken
Steak or chicken (made by recipe)
Ham Pudding (banana or Choc.)
Rice kripies treats
Stuffing Turkey
Bake beans
Drinking Jell-O or eating it
Hot Choc.
French Toast
Mac & cheese w/ tuna (Velveeta)
Drink boost
Club Crackers w/ grape jelly
Love cookies (peanut butter, choc. chip, oatmeal)
Peanut butter
Ice Cream (homemade)
Scrambled eggs
Green Beans
Broccoli & cheese
Boston Market Meals & Stouffers (Frozen)
Roast Beef (tender in crock-pot w/ gravy)
Mashed Potatoes (Real Thing)
Milk Shakes (Strawberry)
Shrimp & Fish (Fresh from Morehead City, NC)
Hungry Man’s Turkey & Dressing
Muffins (blueberry or banana)

Bruce’s Tender Steak Recipe – Adult w/RDEB

For all of us with difficulty eating meats (Rib eye, T-Bone, Cube Steak) or chicken, that comes with having EB. Myself, I like steak, and other meats, but I don’t enjoy them when I have trouble eating, and chewing forever to swallow. Char Boiling, and frying don’t to the trick.

So, my mom beats the meat good, flour, and season it. Then she fry’s it briefly on both side until brown. The she takes a dish, puts hot water, then she puts about three beef bouillon cubes to devolve. Then put the steak in the dish, with a lid. Set the temperature oven for 350 degrees, bake the steak for at least 90 minutes, and it should be nice and tender, it may break apart. I will not eat steak any other way at home. I will not attempt to eat steak when I dine out. This way, it’s a much enjoyable way of eating steak that I ever had before. The longer you bake it, the easier the steak is more tender it will be. Cube steak, I like it in mushroom soup or beef bouillon cubes, and bake at 375 degrees for at least two hours, because cube steak is rubbery to me, (but it’s not my favorite). I would like feed back from anybody who does try this, and hear your opinions how the adults, and moms who have EB children. I had my share of problems with swallowing, and throat problems in my 32 1/2 years. I hope this will help everybody, because I think we all need protein in our regular diet, since we lose a lot through our skin, you could even start with protein smoothies to kick-start your metabolism little by little.

High Calories, EB Friendly Recipes

Collected by Melanie (Logan) England
unless otherwise noted

We all know how hard it is for EB patients to get enough calories and protein into their diet, especially when they have esophageal complications and require a soft diet. Here are a few recipes that have worked well in our home.

Homemade Spaghetti-Os

2 cups cooked ABC’s pasta
1 can tomato soup
1 can heavy cream

Cook pasta to desired tenderness and drain. Prepare tomato soup by adding 1 can of heavy cream instead of water. Mix past and soup together and top with grated cheese.

Chocolate Mousse

1-cup heavy cream
1 small package Jell-O instant chocolate pudding (or any flavor you prefer)

Put cream in freezer for 1 hour. It will whip better when chilled. After chilling remove and add 5 teaspoons of pudding mix. Mix on high speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Eat as-is or freeze for a high calorie frozen treat. For a truly decadent dessert add shaved chocolate or chocolate syrup as a topping.

Egg drop Soup

5 cups water and 3 chicken bullion cubes OR 5 cups chicken stock.
2 eggs

Bring water to a boil and add bullion cubes. Let boil for 5 minutes, or just bring to a boil if using stock. Beat eggs and slowly drizzle from spoon or measuring cup into boiling stock to make thin ribbons of egg. Mushrooms, cubed tofu (very high in protein), or cooked chicken may be added if tolerated.

Fake-a-roni Bake

This recipe is very high in protein. Soy products are a great source of protein, but have gotten a bad rap as being tasteless. That really just depends on how it is cooked, and this recipe is really great.

2 cubes firm silken tofu
1-cup heavy cream
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Drain tofu by placing and a colander and pressing firmly with spoon or spatula. If it is dry enough it should crumble easily. Crumble into 9×13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350. To make cheese sauce put heavy cream in saucepan on low heat. Stir constantly, and when it begins to bubble slowly add 2 cups of cheddar cheese until it has all melted, still stirring constantly. Pour cheese sauce over tofu and garnish with 3rd cup of cheese. Bake until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted on top.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 lb. Mushrooms
¼ cup butter
10oz concentrated beef broth
1 cup heavy cream

Wash and slice mushrooms. Sauté to desire consistency in ½ cup butter on low heat (about 30 minutes). Add beef broth and salt to taste. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1cup of heavy cream.

chocolate and strawberry milkshake500 Calorie Milkshake 🙂

1 pkg Instant Breakfast
1/2 cup 1/2&1/2
3/4 cup Ice Cream
blend into a milk shake form and eat with a spoon!
Here’s a couple of Recipes courtesy of Libby Ann Tyler

Surprise Cake


3 eggs whites
1 cup of refined sugar
1 1/2 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of chocolate powder
3 spoons of butter
1 spoon of baking powder

How to do it:

Mix the sugar, the yolks and the butter until it becomes a cream. Add the rest of the ingredients and, last, the ‘white part of the egg’ and the baking powder. Mix a lot and put in a pudding cake tin, already caramelized.


4 eggs
1 can of condensed milk
1 1/2 cup of milk

How to do it:

Mix all the ingredients in a liquidizer and put slowly over the cake in the cake tin. Put this cake tin in another one, but bigger, with water in it, to bake the cake not directly (I don’t know if it’s clear enough, it’s just that we have a name for this in Portuguese, hard to translate, don’t know if you have). It has to be baked for about 1 hour and a half.

Let it cool and take it of the cake tin. Serve it cold.

The other recipe is much more simple. All you need is meringue, strawberries or a very soft chocolate and a can of milk cream. Put the meringue in a glass tray and break it into smaller pieces. Then put the strawberries or chocolate in small pieces too over the meringue and last the milk cream. Put in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 hours and it’s ready to eat.


Here’s a couple of Recipes shared by Danell and copyright Board of Trustees University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Here is a recipe friendly for those with liquid diets.

Chocolate-peanut butter shake: Calorie content 1070.

1/2 c heavy whipping cream
3tbsp creamy peanut butter
3 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 1/2 c. chocolate ice cream (Ben and Jerry’s or Edy’s brands are really high in fat)

Blend in Blender, serve.

High Calorie Carnation Shake: 505 calories depending on wich ice cream you choose.

1/2 c. half and half
3/4 ice cream
1 pkg carnation instant breakfast

*match the flavors of your ice cream and instant breakfast such a sstrawberry, vanilla, or chocolate.

Blend and serve.

For more recipes please visit Cristina’s website: http://ebinfo.homestead.com/recipemain.html

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